Police in Athens confiscated more than 800 ancient coins and arrested a shop owner and a jeweler suspected of selling them to tourists, officials said Monday.
Police said officers found eight copper coins set into pendants and bracelets for sale in a jewelry store in the Plaka tourist area on Friday.
A second raid on the home and workshop of a goldsmith who allegedly supplied the store uncovered another 852 ancient coins — including 54 made of gold and 152 of silver — and two ancient bronze rings, police said.
Officers also found more than 1,800 copies of ancient coins in the goldsmith's possession.
Under Greek law, all antiquities discovered in the country are state property.